In order to ensure that new nonresidential development, expansion of existing uses, and use changes do not adversely impact public parking availability, the City conducts an annual parking demand and occupancy study to assess the availability of on-street parking stalls and other public parking facilities in the Downtown Core areas east and west of Redwood Boulevard. Should public parking stalls reach a rate of 90 percent, an on-site parking exemption currently provided for new construction, expansion of existing structures, or certain changes of use would be suspended and new projects would have to provide all their required parking on-site. Furthermore, the zoning code states that once occupancies are constant at a rate exceeding 85%, the City must commence planning efforts to ensure adequate parking in the Downtown Core. The most recent parking study found that the peak hour occupancy level was 83% in the area east of Redwood Boulevard and 66% in the area west of Redwood Boulevard. The Downtown Parking white paper summarizes the key findings of the Downtown Novato Parking Study prepared by Walker Parking and presents staff's recommendations to improve management of existing parking resources and maintain a sufficient supply of available public parking into the future.